Is 👩🍳 with essential oil safe? I get so many about this subject, so I have decided to write down a short post around it.

Why I am using essential oils when I am cooking 👩🍳? Firstly, because the food gets an amazing 💕flavour that you cannot get either wise (you can try, you can do your best, but once you have started to use the essential oils you will notice the difference), secondly…it is much easier to pick up your essential oil bottle and add couple of drops. Life became easier this way! I am also including herbs and spices in the food, as we definitely need the variety, but I am not afraid to flavour our meals with some interesting and amazing savours.

‼️ What we have to remember is that when using essential oils (not only for cooking but also in aromatherapy) our guideline motto should be: LESS IS BETTER and TASTIER. Essential oils are very concentrated, so you need just a few drops (depending on the oil you use)..maybe not even a drop (take for example #oregano#thyme,#rosemary) …to get the perfect taste for your food.

There are multiple essential oils on the market. When cooking with essential oils I am always paying attention to two major things:
 Is it labelled as a food supplement?
 Is it too cheap? (I know that high-quality essential oils need loads of raw material to be produced..for instance: you need about 50 lemons to get a 15 ml bottle of lemon essential oils. Do the math!)

✔️ Essential oils have been used for preserving food as a better choice to chemical additives. Here you can find a study about this (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25893282).
✔️ Another study is stating: “The interest in essential oils and their application in food preservation has been amplified in recent years by increasingly negative consumer perception of synthetic preservatives. Furthermore, food-borne diseases are a growing public health problem worldwide, calling for more effective preservation strategies. The antibacterial properties of essential oils and their constituents have been documented extensively.” (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3265747/)

Another debate is around the fear that the essential oils constituents are being changed during heating especially and they might harm us. I will just leave here PhD. Lindsey Elmore answer to this: “Not really. The fact of the matter is that when you add heat to something you are changing the chemical constituents. But this in no way implies that the constituents are dangerous or harmful. Interestingly, some studies show that chemical constituents change less when essential oils are added to hot foods and beverages than the corresponding herb does. We all cook with herbs like basil, oregano, and thyme and never worry about them being the danger after cooking. Let’s apply that same logic to essential oils.” (https://lindseyelmore.com/)

Now, that you have chosen your essential oil, how you can use it to enhance the taste of your meals?

 dilute your essential oils in some organic vegetable oil (olive, coconut, almond) in order to enhance the taste and disperse the whole aroma. Add the mix to your meals.

delay adding the essential oils in very hot food until the end of the process. In this way, you are assuring yourself you the aroma and the benefits of the essential oil are not being adulterated.

If you have any questions about essential oils and not only (e.g.: can my 2 years old eat this cake if it has lavender essential oil in it?) just drop me a message 🌷😍🤩 and I would ❤️ to give you a hand.

With Love and Gratitude,

Simina Șerban

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